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Best TVs under $1,000

TCL S405 series Roku TV (2017)

Easy to use, easy to love

Vizio E series (2017)

One thing, though

TCL P series Roku TV (2017)

Great streaming-app support

Sony XBR-X900E series

Sleek looks

Vizio M-Series

Frequent updates

Vizio D series (2017)

Antenna reception is an option

TCL S305 series Roku TV

Fast loading

Element EL4KAMZ17 series (Amazon Fire TV Edition)

Thousands of apps

So you want a new, amazing TV, but you don't want to spend a lot. 

Do you value high-quality picture? Built-in apps? Voice control? You'll find a TV to fit your needs (and your budget) here. 

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The TCL S405 series TVs are among the least expensive 4K TVs on the market at $329.99 for a 43-inch screen. 

You'll be sacrificing some picture quality, but the S405 series is still an excellent choice for budget buyers focused on streaming.

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And the user interface is very simple to use, delivering tons of apps that update regularly. Netflix, Amazon Video, Sling TV and others are front-and-center and just a remote shortcut button away.

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Here's the thing with the Vizio E series: The image quality is best on the screens that are 60 inches and higher because they feature local dimming. The 65-inch model is currently on sale at Walmart for $748.

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However, if you're a big streamer, note that there are some apps that you can't access without using your phone. 

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The TCL P series has excellent overall image quality, with deep black levels, rich contrast and accurate color due to full-array local dimming. It only comes in a 55-inch, which costs $650. 

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The Roku smart TV platform has a simple interface and vast streaming app support.

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The Sony XBR-X900E series has excellent image quality and accurate color. Its Android operating system is packed with apps. The 49-inch model is currently $898 on Amazon and the 55-inch model is currently $998

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The aesthetic of this TV is also very sleek, with a pedestal instead of stands, and a thin, black frame. However, smart TV and voice control features can occasionally be slow to respond.

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The affordable Vizio M-Series has better overall picture quality than anything else in its price range, with prices to be seen as low as $545.49 for the 50-inch, $700 for the 55-inch and $1,000 for the 65-inch. 

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The Chromecast built-in system offers more apps and more frequent updates than many smart TV systems, and can be controlled by a Google Home speaker.

It's still not as bright as some other TVs and the rounded chrome stand legs aren't all that easy on the eyes. 

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The 55-inch and 65-inch Vizio D series models offer very good picture quality, thanks to local dimming, and are among the least expensive TVs available in their size range.

The 55-inch model can be found for $550 and the 65-inch for $850. 

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Connections are ample, and include TV tuners for antenna reception.

The legs on this TV are a tad odd, however, and the smart TV functions are not as good as on some TVs. 

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The TCL S305 series Roku TV is the best budget smart TV experience. The largest screen in the series, at 49 inches, is currently $330 on Amazon.

Roku streaming, which comes with thousands of apps and a very simple menu, is built into the TV. 

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Apps on this TV load quickly and perform well. But the TV doesn't have an ethernet port. 

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The Element Fire TV with Alexa delivers better voice controls than any other TV. The largest, 65-inch model has an MSRP of $900 but can be found for $650 on Amazon.

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The Element Fire TV with Alexa has thousands of apps and games in an easy-to-use interface system that puts streaming first. But the picture quality on this TV isn't as good as on others. 

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